GET TO KNOW US
Soulfood is a multi-award winning Australian a cappella vocal group. We offer a diverse menu of motown, soul and retro-pop – reimagined in our signature Soulfood sound – and performed by a seamless 50-voice ensemble.
Soulfood won the John Lamble Australasian Open Choral Championships in 2009, 2011, 2013, and again in 2018, and were finalists in Channel 7's Battle of the Choirs.
Soulfood have performed in numerous well-known venues across Australia such as The Sydney Opera House, The Basement, Lizotte’s, The Concourse, The Independent Theatre, and The Monkey Baa (Darling Harbour), as well as the Jenolan Caves, Manly Jazz Festival, and Tasmania's Festival of Voices.
Highlight television and broadcast performances include Channel 7's Sunrise and The morning Show, Network Ten, ABC 702, ABC's SingOut Sydney twice as a featured Choir, and participated in Tasmania’s Festival of the Voices three times, which included masterclasses with Pitch Perfect’s Deke Sharon.
Soulfood has released two CDs ‘Scissors, Paper, Song’ and ‘Soulfood Christmas’ which are both available on ITunes and Spotify.
Soulfood currently has 55 members spread over 5 parts: soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, tenor and bass.
Our members are engineers, music teachers, business managers, physios, journalists, full-time parents, musicians, computer programmers, nurses, psychologists and more, and their ages range from 20 through to 72.
Each member is auditioned for the group, and many of our current members have been performing with the group since its inception in 2004.
Members contribute much more than just their voices to the choir. We are a community group and each member contributes to the running of the group.
Soulfood rehearses in Naremburn from 7:15-9:45pm every Thursday.
A rehearsal will usually consist of warm-ups, a musical challenge of some sort, intensive work on new repertoire, and "Juke Box Thursday", where an old song is pulled out and dusted off.
All our music is performed from memory, and members are expected to practise their music in between rehearsals. An 80% attendance is a required commitment level for each member.
We audition all year round to fill vacancies as they arise.
Melissa Kenny is a professional musician, well known in the Sydney music scene. Melissa completed her B.Mus. in composition at the University of Sydney under Peter Sculthorpe, and followed this with a Diploma of Jazz Studies in trombone at the Sydney Conservatorium.
She plays trombone and piano, sings professionally, and has performed with Cantillation, The Renaissance Players, Sydney Chamber Choir, The Australian Voices, the Contemporary Singers, Sydney Philharmonic Motet Choir, ACO Voices, the Brandenburg Singers, Selah, and various salsa groups.
Soulfood was established out of Melissa's passion for soul music and rich vocal harmony. She conducts and arranges for the group, mentoring other aspiring arrangers as well. She enjoys the challenge of seeing Soulfood reach its potential and then some!
Melissa's other commitments include conducting other community choirs, vocal workshops in schools and lecturing at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Entry to Soulfood is by audition. We conduct auditions on a rolling basis but can only fill positions as they become available.
Current membership fees are $575 per year, paid in 2 installments, plus an initial administration fee of $30.
Step 1 – Send us a video or audio clip
If you'd like to audition, we would love to hear you sing. What we ask is that you first send us a short video of you singing something solo a cappella. This doesn't have to be anything flash, just a smartphone self-made video will do. If you don't have any way to take a short video, then we'll accept an audio submission as well. We don't need to hear you do an entire song, just a 1-2 minute excerpt so we can get a sense of your vocal range and capabilities and assess whether it will fit and complement the blend we currently have.
If you're wondering what sort of song to sing, we'd suggest something upbeat that's in one of the genres we perform (jazz, soul, pop). Singing a ballad won't help us understand how you fit in with our style, which is quite rhythmic. Feel free to choose one of the upbeat songs from our repertoire or one of your own that seems similar style-wise.
Then if you are a good fit we will move onto ……
Step 2 – Visit us at rehearsal
We always ask prospective members to join us at rehearsal because we believe that you need to try to before you buy! We want to make sure you feel comfortable in the group, and it's what you're looking for.
At the rehearsal, you will be encouraged to sit in and be part of the choir, participate in warm-ups, and rehearse with the relevant section if we break into smaller groups. At the end of this time our Artistic Director or another choir member will meet with you and run you through the audition process so you know what to expect;
You can let them know at that time if you intend to audition. An audition fee of $30 cash (exact change please) is payable at this time to secure a spot.
So now you only have one step left…..
Step 3 – The formal audition
This involves you coming early to a Thursday night rehearsal where you will spend between 15-20 minutes with a panel comprised of the Artistic Director, Assistant Artistic Director and one of the Section Leaders.
We promise it won't be nearly as scary as is sounds!
At the audition you will be required to sing scales, do some call-and-response clapping patterns, sing a basic harmony with the panel, and perform an up-beat piece of music of your own choice, unaccompanied, that shows your voice at its best. The song you sang for your video clip will be fine, or you might like to choose something different.
An ability to read music is an advantage although not essential; however we are looking for excellent pitch, rhythm and confidence.
If you'd like to audition to join us please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get the process started!